I feel honored and lucky being associated with Britannia University, Cumilla as Vice Chancellor in its 5th year of inception. In the meantime, four of Undergraduates and Postgraduates batches have passed out and the university is prepared to organize the farewell for 5th batch. It is indeed a matter of great pleasure to know that by the grace of almighty, most of our graduates are successfully engaged in various government, non-government and business organizations. Many of them are also successfully managing their own businesses and professions in their respective fields as well as pursuing higher studies home and abroad.
University is a place where knowledge is gathered, generated, and disseminated. Britannia University is a new organization in the domain of higher education in Bangladesh and situated at Cumilla. From the very inception, the University strives towards ‘excellence’ in imparting high quality education and skill development to a large number of young students. The university is also aware of inculcating appropriate human values, social commitment and patriotism side by side with academic pursuit of excellence. Teachers and students of this university join the local community in various development activities too as part of practical training and social commitment throughout the learning process.
The strategic plan of the university envisions to provide degree of international standard in future; in the sort-term, we all (BOT, teachers, administrators and students) are committed to uplift the status of the university among the ‘top ten’ private universities of Bangladesh by its 10th anniversary.
Now we are global citizens. In this era of globalization, knowledge is no more a selfish individual property. Everybody is entitled to be connected instantaneously with seven billion people worldwide simply by touching a keyboard of an electronic device. Anyone can become the partner in any discourse of his/her choice. We like to connect our younger generation with global power house of knowledge, universal human wisdom along with our national pride, culture, and heritage and core national values.
Let me take the opportunity of urging all our stakeholders such as government, University Grants Commission, private sector organizations of the region, all educational institutions in and around Cumilla, enlightened gentry and citizens for their generous help and assistance to our mission and visions.
Professor Tofail Ahmed, Ph.D (Wales, UK)
After about forty years in different jobs, Professor Tofail Ahmed joined Britannia University, Cumilla as Vice Chancellor in September 2018 .The services range from teaching in high school to public and private universities, officer and consultant in local Bank to Asia Development Bank and World Bank, jobs in government and autonomous bodies (including BARD, Cumilla) to Local Government Commission and UN organizations like UNICEF and UNDP. He also contributed as Chair, Treasurer and Members of BOT/ BOG in 6 national NGOs and CSOs. Some of his important assignments were as follows:
• Faculty Member, Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD), Cumilla- 13 years (since 1980).
• Associate Professor and Professor, Department of Public administration, Chittagong University, 13 years ( since 1994)
• Local Governance Adviser, UNDP, Bangladesh- about 6 years (since 2009).
• Head, Politics, Governance and Development, Brac Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), Brac University-2 years (since 2014).
• Director (Governance), Manusher jonno Foundation, 2 years (since 2016).
• Professor (Adjunct), Department of Political Science and Sociology, North South University-2 years (since 2017).
Professor Ahmed is a celebrated author and researcher. So far, 24 books (both in Bangla and English) and a large numbers of articles have been published in various national and international professional journals. For more detail the webpage: tofailahmed.wordpress.com may be visited.
Professor Tofail Ahmed B.A (Hons) and M. A, Political Science Group ‘B’ Public Administration, Chittagong University. M.Sc (Econ) and Ph.D, University of wales, UK.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering